c.15m2 / 160 sq ft French ceramic encaustic floor with original borders
An impressive French ceramic floor, reclaimed from a town house close to Dourlers in northern France, and currently being restored to its original beauty.
The floor was manufactured at L'Usine de Montplaisir, Maubeuge in the early part of the twentieth century and we have included a scan in the photo gallery of the tile presented in their original catalogue. The principal field tile and large border are both 14.5cm sq and the large border is complimented by a half size border tile. Laid in duplicate, back to back, this is one of the most superbly designed and detailed borders we have come across. Embracing art nouveau styling in a strongly floral and vegetal theme the palette is cool; the main slip of the tile is leaf green but amber, blue, white, charcoal and burnt red are all present. The ceramic is excellent and the design, of what appears to be corn flowers growing amongst sheaves of corn heads, has almost a hand painted uniqueness and quality to it as it opens across its four tile tessellation.
The floor is currently being restored and will be available shortly. It is cleaning superbly; a small number of tiles bearing small chips and edge nibbles, all of which are groutable and add to the charm of the antique patina the floor delivers. At 15mm thick the ceramic is excellent, the slip deep and being a highly fired tile it can be laid inside or outside of the home and will work most efficiently with underfloor heating systems.
Indicative surface area 15m2 / 160 sq ft. Enquire for tile quantities by tile type.